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Our concerns about mortality and morbidity in this area are echoed by the broader health sector, health authorities and consumer groups.
Prescription drug harms and deaths touch the lives of men and women of all ages and all demographics. Unfortunately, appropriate primary and secondary services to address problematic drug use are often not given high priority by society or governments.
This problem does not have a quick solution. The issues are complex and will require a coordinated effort to resolve effectively.
General practice is not solely responsible for managing this problem, but it is an issue in our consulting rooms that we need to address.
This guide on clinical governance is a starting place for general practice to be a solution to problematic prescription drug use.
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Prescribing drugs of dependence in general practice - Part A (PDF 2.3 MB)